US, France Say Iran Ballistic Test Worrying in Light of Nuclear Escalation
The United States and France on Thursday, May 25, accused Iran of violating a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal after it carried out a long-range ballistic missile test, which Paris said was worrying given the "uninterrupted escalation" of Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran successfully test-launched a ballistic missile with a potential 2,000-km range on Thursday, state media said, the latest in ballistic missile tests and satellite launches.
Iran's development of ballistic missiles poses a serious threat to regional and international security, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters on Thursday, after Iran carried out a long-range ballistic missile test.
French foreign ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters at a daily briefing: "These activities are all the more worrying in the context of the continuing escalation of Iran's nuclear program."
UN Security Council resolution 2231 calls on Iran not to conduct “any activity” related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, but the language is ambiguous, leaving it open to interpretation.
Western powers are particularly concerned because UN Security Council restrictions on missiles and related technologies last until October 2023 after which Iran is free to pursue its ballistic missile activity. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we thank You for alerting more nations so that Iran’s threatening activities can be publicized and stopped. We trust that more of our Western allies will engage and start actively pursuing plans to control such dangerous acts.”